Law Enforcement Renews Demand for Internet Surveillance Legislation

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police renewed its call for Internet surveillance legislation on Friday, urging the government to move forward with Bill C-30. The CACP release included a new video and backgrounder. Law enforcement officials now admit that parts of the bill require amendment, yet as David Fraser points out in this detailed post, the reality is that “lawful access” is irretrievably broken (I’ve posted in the past on the many changes that are needed to restore balance to Bill C-30). As Fraser argues with respect to mandatory disclosure of personal information:

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Online spying bill C-30 threatens Canada’s national security

An access-to-information request from The Globe and Mail has revealed that Canada’s Communications Security Establishment has concerns about our nation’s network security. Specifically, the documents show that Huawei Technologies—a Chinese company that has become the world’s leading maker of telecom equipment—has been the subject of national security concerns.

With all these security worries in the air, it seems strange that Ottawa should continue to consider a bill that could leave Canadians’ personal data less secure. Online spying bill C-30—a contentious piece of legislation that has provoked the ire of Canada’s privacy commissioners, legal experts, and wider public—could, if passed, lead to the creation of giant, unsecure registries of every Internet user’s personal data.

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Beware of “Surveillance by Design”, Ontario’s Information & Privacy Commissioner warns of Bill C-30

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Day 1, Hacking Rampage Across Canada by @TeamDigi7al

CANADA  A relatively new team @TeamDigi7al has been on a spree the last few days attacking high profile targets and dumping information along the way.

Before the most recent attacks on the World Health Org and Toronto Police Department they had also released a package which they call day 1 in the following statement Well heres day 1 of our Lulz Crusade across Canada” and in saying that all targeted site were .ca.

In the package is 9 different parts that are split up into folders for each attack, most of which are XSS and proof of the attack with a few having data dumps. Below is a list of the targets, also the was part of this leak to.

  • Canadian Army
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Science and Technology for Canadians
  • Service de police de le Ville de Montréal
  • University of British Columbia

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Update: still standing against online spying bill C-30

CANADA    More than 140,000 people have signed‘s campaign to Stop Online Spying; a petition against bill C-30, which threatens to give law enforcement and government officials lawful access to Canadians’ telephone and internet records and other personal information without warrant or disclosure.

In a recent update (below) one cyber security expert, Christopher Parsons, confirms innocent Canadians [are] likely to be caught up in a digital dragnet of warrantless online spying. Highlights of Christopher Parsons’ research can found on OpenMedia’s blog here and in greater detail on his blog here

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The Stop Online Spying petition can be found here

Severity of software security risks rising


The total number of security flaws in software applications that hackers can use to their advantage has dropped in recent years, but the number of vulnerabilities considered “high risk” has increased as both criminals and researchers race to find weaknesses, a new report says.

The HP 2012 Cyber Security Report defines these high-risk vulnerabilities as holes in software that allow hackers to take unfettered control of a computer or server over the internet. It adds that finding these security holes has become a lucrative business for hackers, as well as for security companies working to keep their customers’ computers safe.

Patrick Hill, product line manager of DV Labs and HP enterprise security products, discussed the study on Tuesday at Toronto’s SC Congress Canada, an exposition for security professionals. He said that of all known security vulnerabilities discovered in 2011, 24 per cent of them were considered high risk, up from seven per cent in 2006

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Toews vs. Anonymous


In a  report tabled today — which was apparently unanimous, as no dissenting opinion was included — the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs concurred with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews that his privileges were, indeed, breached by those Youtube-posted videos that were “clearly aimed at intimidating” not only Toews but “all members of the House. 

However, the reports concludes that no further action can be taken against “the so-called Anonymous”. 

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VikiLeaks creator Adam Carroll says he acted alone

OTTAWA — Before he even uttered a word, the man behind the VikiLeaks30 Twitter account, Adam Carroll, knocked over a glass and had it shatter on the floor in front of him.

Carroll told the Commons ethics committee that interim Liberal leader Bob Rae made him resign, but was more coy about how the affidavits about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ divorce landed in the Liberal research office.

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